ZENID hosts a key regional conference to discuss youth unemployment


Today marked the conclusion of a two-day conference on youth unemployment, hosted and organized by JOHUD, the PBYRC, and ACTED. The conference was financially supported by the EU, and was held as part of a regional effort in Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine to strengthen the leadership capacities of youth and women.

The conference aims to gather young leaders and thinkers and initiate a dialogue on the challenges young people face when trying to find employment. Over the course of two days, various stakeholders are invited to share their thoughts on the issues, through activities, round-table discussions, and workshops. Interesting and vibrant panel discussions were also held and televised; on the first day, a panel invited young speakers from the three represented nations to share their experiences and suggestions for improvement, and panels held on the second day invited government and private sector speakers to discuss responsibilities and responses that can solve the underlying issues.

Whilst mainly acting as a platform for young voices and opinions to be held, the conference also represented an opportunity to share data and information that can shed light on the issues. To kick off day 1, ACTED and the PBYRC presented their findings from an employability assessment that was carried out in five governorates PBYRC-JOHUD & ACTED are organizing a two-day conference on youth employment on December 1st and 2nd 2015. This conference is part of a regional project launched in Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine entitled “Strengthening leadership capacities of women and youth in 3 MENA countries” supported by the European Union. The objective of the conference is gather youth to initiate dialogue between civil society and the government in Jordan in order to understand the challenges youth face when trying to find job opportunities. Over the course of two days, the conference will engage various stakeholders to discuss pertinent topics related in Jordan. Research efforts and discussions like these help when designing solutions, and helped set the academic tone of the discussions that followed.

The strength of this conference (and the hundreds of other meetings and gatherings hosted at ZENID every year) is in their ability to engage young people, helping them to meaningfully participate in initiatives that can solve the issues that affect their lives. Going forward, JOHUD and the PBYRC hope to help young people create more discussion points, so that bright, young voices act as the change and the inspiration behind Jordan’s development.